Why I Don’t Believe Everything I Hear

Yesterday I posted an article about a bill in the lame-duck session of Congress that would allow the Attorney General to shut down a website if he (or she) perceived copyright infringement issues.  This could be done on the Attorney General’s orders without proof or other inconvenient items.  The danger here of course is that the power would be used politically.  I say that to preface an article that shows how the internet can influence our perspective and refresh our memories.

I guess I am naive to believe that politicians tell the truth, but I actually believe that some of them do.  The internet, even with its faults, makes it very easy to review the recent history of a person’s statements.

When I watched Fox News Sunday yesterday, I heard Hillary Clinton say that she is not runing for President in 2012, 2016, or ever again.  RealClearPolitics has the video and the write-up of Hillary saying, “I am very happy doing what I’m doing and I am not in any way interested in or persuing anything in elective office.”  As soon as I heard that I was reminded of a previous statement Mrs. Clinton made in when she ran for the Senate in New York.  When she initially ran in 2000, she vowed to finish her term–not run for President.  When I went looking for news reports from 2006 to see if she made the same pledge when she ran for re-election, I couldn’t find any reports on whether or not she had made the pledge.  If anyone reading this has better information, I would love to hear it.  My question is this, “When Mrs. Clinton ran for re-election to the Senate in 2006, did she say she would finish her term and not run for President?”  Was her statement yesterday more of the same?  I don’t know.  This could be an interesting year.